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Grivnina (Irina) papers
2018C13  
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Description
Correspondence, memoirs, other writings, printed matter, photographs, visual materials, and sound and video recordings relating to civil liberties in the Soviet Union, and especially to misuse of psychiatry for political repression in the Soviet Union.
Background
Irina Grivnina (b. 1945) received her education in electronics and mathematics at the Aeronautics University in Moscow and had worked as a mathematician for eleven years. In 1977 she started participating in the publication of the Samizdat ("self-publishing") magazine revealing psychiatric repression in the Soviet Union. Grivnina was a member of the Moscow Helsinki group. In 1980 she was arrested by the KGB and spent fourteen months in the Lefortovo prison. The court trial resulted in sentencing her to exile in Kazakhstan, where she spent two years. In 1983 Grivnina returned to Moscow and in 1985 she emigrated with her family to the Netherlands. Since then she has lived in Amsterdam, writing and translating for Dutch, American, and Russian newspapers and magazines and for the BBC Russian Service programs. Irina Grivnina is the author of six books published in the Netherlands; two of them were also published in Russian.
Extent
12 manuscript boxes, 11 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders (13.05 Linear Feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
Availability
Box 23 closed. The remainder of the collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.